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Position: Deputy Warden, Selwyn College
  • Seeking an exceptional individual with the leadership skills and experience to match
  • Rewarding operational and pastoral care senior management position
  • Energetic and thriving tertiary collegiate community

Founded in 1893, Selwyn College (Te Maru Pūmanawa) is the oldest residential college at the University of Otago.  Situated on campus, the College provides accommodation, care and support to 200+ residents comprising first and second year students and a senior student welfare team.

Selwyn is an independent College, affiliated to the University of Otago and governed by a Board of Governors on behalf of owners, the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin. 

In 2017, the Board of Governors established an agreement with the University of Otago to provide senior leadership personnel.  To fulfil its obligation under the service agreement, the University seeks to employ a suitably qualified and experienced senior staff member to work alongside the College Warden.

The Role

The Deputy Warden is responsible to the Warden.  Integral to all aspects of College life, the Deputy Warden will assist the Warden with the provision of a positive collegiate experience for its residents and wider associated community.   In conjunction with the Warden, the Deputy Warden will contribute to decision-making and lead the direction of Selwyn College in line with the service agreement and college policies.

We are seeking an exceptional individual to:

  • Model strong and effective leadership for College staff and residents;
  • Assist the Warden with the operational management of the College;
  • Support the scholastic ambitions and pastoral needs of our residents;
  • Contribute to nurturing the special character of Selwyn College and developing and maintaining its reputation as one of excellence;
  • Oversee the College activity and events programme and academic support initiatives.

Skills & Experience

To be successful in this role you will require:

  • An established ability to work effectively and professionally in a complex and challenging environment;
  • Confidence and exceptional experience working with young adults in a leadership capacity;
  • Knowledge and proven experience in the areas of pastoral care, community development, communication and relationship building, conflict resolution and managing teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster academic success;
  • An understanding and willingness to embrace IT systems and social media tools; and
  • Exceptional organisational skills and initiative.

An understanding of and empathy for students commencing University is fundamental to this role.  Experience in the tertiary sector would be a distinct advantage. 

Further Details

This is a University of Otago appointment and is for a fixed-term period of five years (ie length of the service agreement held between the University of Otago and Selwyn College Board of Governors).  It is a full-time position with proposed hours of work being 2.00pm-10.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  The role is live-in and requires a high level of commitment, including rostered on-call.  On-site accommodation (including an allowance and carpark) is provided within the College, being a two-bedroom flat.  For further details relating to the role, see the Position Description and the Selwyn College webpage,  

How to Apply

To apply, please visit the University of Otago job vacancies webpage:

or the Seek webpage:


Please see the position description for more information.


Contact Details

Confidential enquiries can be made by contacting Luke McClelland, Warden.

E: [email protected]

M:  021 418 809